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Faith in the face of death!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  John 11, Psalm 79, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures: John 11:23-27  “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord:  I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.””

Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother had died and been the tomb for four days.  Jesus had purposely delayed coming so that many would believe in Him through the miracle that He would perform by raising him from death.  Martha ran to meet Jesus and Jesus quickly assured her that her brother would rise again.  Mary confessed faith in God’s Word concerning resurrection in the Old Testament.  Jesus went further to state the He alone was the resurrection and the life for all who would believe in Him!  This brought a faith confession!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of God, and the only source of eternal life and truth.

Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  

 

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Faith like a mustard seed!

Scripture reading for January 23rd:  Matthew 17, Psalm 17, Prov. 17

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 17:17-20  “And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  

Jesus’ disciples were not able to heal a boy who had epilepsy.  He had demonstrated and taught the disciples how to act in faith.  He had given them authority over demonic power and to heal the sick and they had done this on other occasions.  But now they lacked faith.  He rebuked them directly concerning their “little faith”.  He encouraged them that a small amount of faith, like a mustard seed, was all that was needed to do what looked impossible.

Faith’s confession:  Lord thank You for putting up with me and my lack of faith.  Help me to grow the seed of faith in my heart and enable me to do the works You have prepared for me.  I accept Your rebukes.

Proverbs 17:3, 10 “The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  . . .”A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”  

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